Newen Group


Newen appoints NBCU & Sky Vision alum as EVP of distribution

French production group Newen has appointed former Sky Vision and NBCUniversal (NBCU) exec Leona Connell to lead its global sales division. Connell becomes EVP of distribution at Newen Connect and will be based in London and Paris, reporting to Newen’s recently appointed chief distribution officer Rodolphe Buet. She will lead the fiction and non-fiction sales teams in France […]

France’s TF1 prepares for “significant” Covid-19 impact, as ads & production hit

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has said that its performance this year will be significantly impacted by the Coronavirus crisis, with cancellations of advertising campaigns across key industry sectors and a halt to production activity. The group said it was suspending its financial objectives announced in February until “the situation becomes clearer” and added that it […]

Amazon Prime Video France picks up Newen’s ‘Inside Game’

Amazon Prime Video France has scored first-window SVOD rights to thriller The Inside Game from Newen Distribution. Directed by Oscar-Winning director Jean-Xavier de Lestrade (Murder On A Sunday Morning, The Staircase) and produced by What’s Up Film for Arte France, the series follows principled politician Guillaume Delpierre on his fight to ban a pesticide from […]

Newen fast-tracks English expansion with Reel One acquisition

Newen Group’s acquisition of Reel One Entertainment sees the TF1 Group-backed producer-distributor look to crack the English-speaking market and exploit European IP in the US, Canada and UK. The deal marks the French firm’s first concrete move into the English-speaking market, having previously acquired the likes of Denmark’s Nimbus, as well as Dutch formats firm […]

Exclusive: Netherlands’ NPO3 scoops up Tuvalu comedy formats

Newen Group-owned producer Tuvalu Media has scored commissions for science-focused comedy panel show The Human Experiment and comedy programme Too Funny To Be True!.  Dutch broadcaster NPO3 has scooped up both formats, which are to air later this year. The Human Experiment finds a wacky comedian attempting various forms of scientific research on himself. Examples […]

Julien Leroux exiting Newen Distribution UK

Julien Leroux is leaving his post as executive VP of sales and content at the UK arm of France’s Newen Group, TBI can reveal. The exec has been with Newen since 2011, initially joining from Groupe AB to become sales and acquisitions director. He rose through the ranks to become deputy-managing director of Paris-based Newen […]

Deutsche Telekom orders first original

German pay TV provider Deutsche Telekom has commissioned its first original series, a French-coproduced comedy. The move into original production is a “logical step” for Deutsche Telekom following the launch of Ultra-HD services and its first exclusive acquisitions for its new Entertain TV streaming platform, its execs say. The show, Germanized, is a 10x30mins comedy […]

Swiss firm launches €50m TV drama fund

Swiss film financier Silver Reel is reportedly launching a €50 million (US$58.8 million) television drama production fund. The Guardian yesterday reported the company, also a film producer, wants to take advantage of the weakened pound, which has fallen since the Brexit vote. Sliver Reel managing partner Claudia Bluemhuber said she was planning to launch a […]

Newen debuts €50m UK drama fund

France’s Newen Group has created a €50 million (US$54.8 million) drama investment fund. TF1 Group-owned Newen will seek to invest in high-end scripted series from the UK to build up its portfolio of English-language content through sales arm Newen Distribution. To support the plan Newen has created an advisory board that includes veteran UK TV […]

Netflix creates 400 Euro jobs, new originals

SVOD giant Netflix is on a European charm offensive, creating 400 jobs at a new Amsterdam customer service base and ordering new originals from the continent. The office was unveiled this week, initially employing 170 staff, 345 by the end of the year and 400 by 2019. It will service eleven territories (Belgium, Denmark, Finland, […]